10 From GEM:
10 Ways To Support Someone You Love Who Has Lost Someone They Love
We all know what it’s like when someone we love dies. The process of grief, while unique to each person, is common to everyone. It’s because of that shared experience that we all want to be helpful to friends who have lost loved ones. Sometimes it’s hard to know exactly what to say and do. It’s at those times that some of us resort to saying and doing nothing, which can make the bereaved feel unsupported and disconnected. Keep reading for 10 ideas you can use to support those who are going through a time of sorrow.
1. Understand The Stages of Grief
The five stages of grief are denial, bargaining, anger, depression, and acceptance. Sometimes people don’t experience them in order, sometimes they stay in one stage for a long time, and other times they may repeatedly go through the stages. If you understand the stages of grief yourself, you can be more supportive when you recognize where your friend is.